The Embassy urges prospective parents to be “extremely diligent” in reviewing an adoption agency qualifications before selecting an agency. Says the Embassy:
Unfortunately, as news stories and blogs often reveal, the glowing report of anThe Embassy urges the Government of Vietnam to continue efforts to become a party to the Hague Convention. The Memorandum of Understanding that Vietnam and the United States signed in 2005 was “designed to increase transparency and reduce corruption, and came after a period when adoptions had been suspended in Vietnam because of significant problems involving corruption and ‘Baby buying.’”
adoptive parent who successfully ‘brought home’ a child cannot be taken as
evidence that the adoption was ethical or fully legal.
The Embassy encourages Vietnam’s Department of International Adoptions (DIA) to work with provincial authorities in Vietnam to improve the integrity of the Vietnamese adoption system. Although there may be legitimate concerns about DIA’s authority, the Embassy states it has seen little remedial action to address these problems, including little, if any, action to identify and prosecute those responsible for (1) fraudulently documenting the abandonment of children, (2)offering monetary inducements to families for relinquishing children, and (3) offering children for international adoption without the consent of the birth parents.
The Embassy also urges the Governement of Vietnam to pass comprehensive legislation that protects all parties and meets the standards of the Hague Convention.
Announcement Regarding Adoption in Vietnam, U.S. Embassy in Hanoi, November, 2007